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ERIC Number: ED512799
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2009
Pages: 113
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 0
ISBN: ISBN-978-1-1092-6095-3
A Qualitative Study: The Post-Incarceration Experience of Women with Post-Secondary Education
Parker, Barbara K.
ProQuest LLC, Ph.D. Dissertation, University of Missouri - Saint Louis
The total number of individuals in correctional institutions in 2000 was 1,976,020 ( Moreover, the population of women offenders has risen at a particularly fast rate, doubling since 1990. The purpose of this study was to add to the information about the experience of women related to re-entry into community life, post-incarceration. A basic qualitative study was undertaken utilizing one-on-one semi-structured/informal interviews, and focus group interviews. Interview tapes were transcribed and analyzed with themes coded and categories identified. Once completed, the themes and categories were presented to study participants to obtain feedback on accuracy of interpretation. Conclusions were drawn upon comparison and analysis of data from within and between project participant groups. Study results suggest there is a positive relationship between the degree of post-secondary education held by a woman, and her ability to deal successfully with the stresses and emotional trauma of incarceration and release. Additional study findings include impact on economic value of post-secondary education, impact of post-secondary education on emotional adjustment and the existence of a disabling effect on women leaving prison that is exacerbated by few legal protections from these effects. [The dissertation citations contained here are published with the permission of ProQuest LLC. Further reproduction is prohibited without permission. Copies of dissertations may be obtained by Telephone (800) 1-800-521-0600. Web page:]
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Publication Type: Dissertations/Theses - Doctoral Dissertations
Education Level: Postsecondary Education
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Language: English
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